The Supreme Court: Marriage by Choice

Racial intermarriage is potentially the most combustible of all civil rights issues. Although marriage between whites and Negroes is actually rare in the U.S.—at least officially—miscegenation by cohabitation is another matter, rooted largely in the South's unspoken mores. According to one study by University of Wisconsin Sociologist Robert Stuckert, 21% of white Americans are "descendants of persons of African origin." By the calculation of Anthropologist Melville Herskovitz, 72% of U.S. Negroes have white ancestors.

The interracial statistics have piled up despite the fact that miscegenation under any circumstances at all is a...

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